Athletes Take to the Courts at State Tennis Tournament in Frankfort


 

NORMAL, Ill. – More than 140 Special Olympics Illinois athletes from all over the state will be taking to the courts Aug. 17-18 in Frankfort in the organization’s State Tennis Tournament. The tennis competition will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Lincolnway North High School, Frankfort. View the list of athletes expected to compete.

Athletes competing in match play may compete in both singles and doubles play. Athletes competing in the individual skills competition will compete in skill tests include forehand volley, backhand volley, backhand ground stroke and more. There will also be Unified® doubles match play competition as well. Unified® teams include players with and without intellectual disabilities that compete against other Unified teams.

Athlete participation per event:

  • 6 athletes competing in Doubles Traditional Match Play
  • 26 athletes competing in Singles Traditional Match Play
  • 78 athletes competing in Tennis Individual Skills
  • 8 athletes competing in Doubles Short-Court Match Play
  • 21 athletes competing in Singles Short-Court Match Play
  • 32 athletes competing in Unified® Doubles Match Play

The Opening Ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lincolnway North High School. Athletes will have a pizza party and enjoy bowling at Morgan’s Thunderbowl on Saturday night.

Prior to 2012, tennis competition was part of Fall Games in Rockford. “Over the years, tennis has continued to grow. By making it its own tournament, we can continue the growth and provide a quality competition experience,” said Tracy Hilliard, SOILL Vice President of Sports Training & Competition.

The State Tennis Tournament Gold Sponsors are the Illinois Knights of Columbus and Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run.

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 19 sports for more than 21,300 athletes with intellectual disabilities and nearly 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms lives by empowering people with intellectual disabilities to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.  If you are interested in learning more about Special Olympics Illinois, volunteering or providing financial support to help make Special Olympics programs possible, contact your local Special Olympics agency or call 800-394-0562.                                                                         

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Contact:

Barbara DiGuido, 630-942-5610 or 630-207-5910